Definition of rascal noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈrɑːskl//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈræskl//
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  1. 1(humorous) a person, especially a child or man, who shows a lack of respect for other people and enjoys playing tricks on them Come here, you little rascal! I hear the old rascal’s been causing trouble again. What have the little rascals been up to now?
  2. 2(old-fashioned) a dishonest man
  3. Word OriginMiddle English (in the senses ‘a mob’ and ‘member of the rabble’): from Old French rascaille ‘rabble’, of uncertain origin.
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